GIVEN the events of the Arab
spring, some might say that the
tell-tale sign that a dictator's days
are numbered is when his defiance
turns to delusion. On
December 7, in an interview with ABC's
Barbara Walters, a chuckling and ...
THE British, or rather
English, mistrust of what
lies beyond the Channel has
always been fathomless. W
H Auden, observing a "cult
of salads," jested that "before very
long" the south of England would
resemble "the Continong." There
across the sea, on a ...
HER Highness Sheikha Moza on
Tuesday called for the creation of
monitoring and follow-up mechanisms
to assess the works of the
United Nations Alliance of
Speaking in the final session of
the UNAOC Forum ...
TWO gold medals in archery and one in bowling extended an encouraging show by Qatar in the Arab Games. Ali Ahmed Salem and Abdulaziz al Obadi provided a bright start to Tuesday for the host and won the Men's Individual
ONCE upon a time, in the early summer of India's economic growth, anything imported was worth drooling over - imported drinks , imported clothes, imported cars, imported perfume, even imported pets. Cut to 2011 and we're still...
QATARDEBATE Center has announced a five-member debate team for the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2012 to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. It will also the first time that all the participating students are Qataris. The WSDC 2012 will be held from January 17 to 27. Forty-eight countries will be taking part in the meet. Giving the details of the team and the participants during a press conference on Sunday, Dr Hayat Maarafi, executive...
MINISTER of Municipality and Urban Planning HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa al Thani and Vodafone Qatar CEO Richard Daly inaugurated the Vodafone playground. The playground built on the public park located next to the Sheraton Hotel was a result of the cooperation between Vodafone and the Doha Municipality under an agreement which was signed in April. The agreement came within the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning´s strategy and keenness...
MARKETS and retail outlets across the country are witnessing a surge in demand for flags and memorabilia before the Qatar National Day. The national day, which is celebrated with patriotic fervour on December 18 every year, commemorates the historic event in 1878 when the founder of Qatar Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed al Thani succeeded his father as the ruler and led the country towards progress and prosperity. The joy of the national day is not...
QATAR Petroleum´s Mesaieed Terminal & Export Department celebrated the 11,000th export shipment of Qatar Land Crude Oil from its terminal facilities, in Mesaieed Industrial City, on Monday. The event was attended by the Manager of Mesaieed Terminal & Export Department Mohammed K al Kubaisi, Director Operations of QP Said Mubarak al Mohannadi as well as area operations managers.
THE eurozone debt crisis is cooling the global oil market rapidly but likely sanctions against Iran are holding prices up for now, the IEA said on Tuesday. The International Energy Agency again cut its forecast for growth of global demand for this year and next, sharply by about 200,000 barrels per day. And the agency said that the medium-term outlook was "more comfortable" than forecast ...
UP to 26 European Union countries will finalise a pact to enforce budget discipline more strictly in the eurozone by March, a top official said on Tuesday, as the bloc tries to move quickly to rebuild confidence but without Britain´s backing. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed disappointment that Britain had shunned an agreement reached at an EU summit last week to pursue fiscal integration as part of efforts to tackle the debt...
IT was a historic moment for Egypt and it did not wish anything to spoil the men´s team tennis final against Kuwait at the Arab Games on Tuesday. In a little over three hours, Sherif Hussein and Mohamed Mahmoud disposed of their respective rivals to grab the gold medal after 46 years at the at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. The Egyptian men had last won the team gold in 1965. After that it finished runnerup in Beirut in 1997. It had...
CHELSEA inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Premier League leader Manchester City after substitute Frank Lampard secured a 2-1 victory from the penalty spot at Stamford Bridge here on Monday. Lampard´s 83rd minute effort completed a comeback that began when Raul Meireles cancelled out Mario Balotelli´s second minute opener and revived the Londoners´ title hopes. Victory moved Chelsea up to third, seven points adrift of City, who were...
IT MIGHT be the champions of Asia, but the Qatari side Al Sadd, who face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup on Thursday, is very much made in Africa. Ivory Coast international Abdul Kader Keita made the first goal and the Senegal-born Abdullah Koni scored what turned out to be the winner on Sunday as Al Sadd battled past Esperance — the African champions — for a date with Barca. Also instrumental to the side from Doha is Keita´s forward partner.
DOWN, down, down you go, for two and a half hours, jammed with two other people in a tiny submersible, all the way to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean – and all for a glimpse, through a 5- or 8-inch porthole, of the ravaged remains of the once-grand ship where the Astors and the Strauses played, dined and, in some cases, died. The trip is not for the claustrophobic, nor the 99 percent: A two-week cruise...
BRITISH actress Helen Mirren hailed this year´s Noble Peace Prize to three women as historic, but said it´s shameful that so few women have won the award since it was created in 1901. Mirren said the award marks an "extraordinary moment in the history of women," but that it is "slightly shameful statistically that only 12 women have won it in 112 years, when you think how important women historically have always been, specifically in terms of peace...
THE oomph quotient on the stage of Zee Rishtey Awards 2011 got a new high when two of television industry´s hottest women, Urvashi Dholakia and Kashmira Shah walked in to present the awards to the ´ Most Mastikhor Actor´ and the ´ Best Khalnayak on Zee TV´ . All went fine with both engaging in casual banter about presenting the awards but unscripted masti took over the minute Urvashi uttered, "Kashmira." She was rudely interrupted by Kashmira who...
SYRIAN security forces fired on a
funeral procession in a restive
northwestern border region, killing
two people and raising Tuesday’s
death toll to at least 32, activists
said. Regime forces swept through
villages and attacked infiltrators at
ARAB foreign ministers
will hold an emergency
meeting in Cairo on
Saturday to respond to
Syria’s proposal to admit
observers in exchange for
an end to regional sanctions,
the Arab League said
as the UN raised the Syrian
crackdown death toll to